Even since the sequel trilogy fell, creatively, flat on its face and Solo killed the anthology plans, Star Wars has had more false starts than a Hollywood marriage. Directors come and go. Projects are announced, then fade away. Basically, it is a poorly run shit show that would result in serious changes of personnel in any other industry. In Hollywood, though, you fail upwards. So expect more of the same, and also take it as read that there is no more than a 50/50 chance of any announced Star Wars movie project ever making it to the screen. That includes an effort from filmmaker Taika Waititi.
His movie has been in the writing stage for an eternity, and now he has offered a very brief update on where he is with it. He was speaking to The Hollywood Reporter and said it is slow progress, mostly due to time. He is busy with several projects and can only write Star Wars when he finds the time:
“I’ve got a really good idea for it. It’s just as with all films. It’s this middle part. You’re like, ‘What’s going to happen?’ And then you look at all of those films that are so great, you’re like, ‘Well, I guess they can’t meet some smuggler with an alien sidekick.’ “
He is the only writer, without a co-writer or room to propel it forward. Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has been non-committal, saying simply that they would make the movie “one day”, and it was not one of the three movie projects announced on a panel at Star Wars Celebration in London this year. Those are the James Mangold, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Dave Filoni projects, the first of which being Obaid-Chinoy’s movie which will star Daisy Ridley and is said to be set fifteen years after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.